Florian Plettenberg, who broke the news that Liverpool are working hard to sign Florian Neuhaus, now reports that the Reds are expected to submit an offer to Borussia Monchengladbach.
The midfielder is on international duty with Germany at the European Championships and so a deal to sign him will only be completed once he returns from the tournament but talks are continuing between Liverpool and Borussia Monchengladbach.
What is the latest on Neuhaus?
Florian Plettenberg initially reported for Sport1 that Klopp wants Neuhaus after talks were held in the last week. He went on to say that it will cost over €40million but there is no release clause so Michael Edwards will need to reach an agreement with Gladbach over a fee which could complicate matters.
The journalist also told the Liverpool Echo: “Klopp knows the [agent] of Neuhaus and the [agent] of Neuhaus knows Klopp very well, so it could be the perfect match – he would fit very well.”
Now, via his Twitter account, Plettenberg reports: “Update [on] Neuhaus: Liverpool are definitely a highly interesting option for the player. A concrete offer for him is expected. It’s also up to Klopp. However, a decision on his future will be made after the EUROs.”
The journalist says the decision to sign Neuhaus ultimately rests with Klopp which doesn’t come as a surprise given that was something the German manager demanded when he joined the club.
What needs to happen to sign Neuhaus?
An agreement needs to be reached between Liverpool and Borussia Monchengladbach and then personal terms will need to be agreed upon with the player himself.
Given that the most reliable Bundesliga journalist, Christian Falk, said in April Neuhaus has his heart set on a move to Anfield, it’s unlikely that it will be difficult to arrange an agreeable contract.
Following personal terms, a medical will be passed and then Liverpool can complete his move to the Premier League.
What would he add to Liverpool’s midfield?
Much like Wijnaldum, he’s delightful on the ball and is extremely difficult to tackle, using his agility and tight control to evade the high press but what makes him an interesting target for Liverpool is his role in Borussia Monchengladbach’s engine room.
He’s more often than not the deepest player in the Bundesliga outfit’s midfield which does mean he might need to get used to playing further forward which likely won’t be an issue for a player that scored six goals this season – four more than Wijnaldum.
Two stats jump out at me – one good, one bad. The first is that he has almost the exact same number of ball recoveries as Wijnaldum but has lost the ball almost twice as many times.
Neuhas had 201 ball recoveries this season while Wijnaldum had 198. The German lost the ball 398 times in 33 Bundesliga games while the Dutchman lost the ball just 218 times in five more games.
Liverpool’s no.5 had an incredible 92.71% pass accuracy while Gladbach’s no.32 completed just 84.36% of his. There is a very good reason for this, however, and it’s due to the major difference in their respective roles.
At Anfield, Wijnaldum is tasked with looking after the ball to help Liverpool control the game while at Borussia Park, Neuhaus has a greater licence to create.
hope the German is given the same freedom at Liverpool as I would hate for him to be stifled the same way Gini was.